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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started 70 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 416 MWs based in 31 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means entering a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, sommeliers, buyers, journalists, shippers, consultants, viticulturalists, academics, educators and more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

Casella Family Brands joins IMW international supporter community

Casella Family Brands joins IMW international supporter community

It is with pleasure that the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) announces that Casella Family Brands has become an international supporter. Founded in 1969, Casella Family Brands has become Australia’s largest family-owned wine company, today led by Managing Director...

The Institute of Masters of Wine launches new programme at ProWein

The Institute of Masters of Wine launches new programme at ProWein

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is pleased to announce a new programme titled ‘Meet the Masters of Wine at ProWein’ which will take place at ProWein, Dusseldorf 10-12 March. The programme allows increased opportunities for visitors to speak to Masters of Wine...

Five new members announced by the Institute of Masters of Wine

Five new members announced by the Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is delighted to announce five new MWs have joined the membership. Emily Brighton MW, Christopher Martin MW, Robert Mathias MW, Dror Nativ MW, who are based in the UK and Pietro Russo MW, based in Italy, are the latest to achieve...

Master of Wine Alsace and Jura trip (14-20 April)

Master of Wine Alsace and Jura trip (14-20 April)

Like all the best ideas in life, this trip was dreamed up over a glass of wine (well, sherry actually) during the MW Jerez trip – when I asked Olivier Humbrecht MW if he would help me organise a trip to Alsace. Olivier also suggested the idea that the tiny Jura region...

In memoriam: Patrick Grubb MW

In memoriam: Patrick Grubb MW

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Patrick Grubb MW has passed away. Patrick Grubb passed the MW exam in 1958 aged 26, the youngest to have attained the title by that time. Respected and recognised by his colleagues, Patrick was chair of the...

Cathy van Zyl MW joins Old Vine Project Board of Directors

Cathy van Zyl MW joins Old Vine Project Board of Directors

This month, the Old Vine Project (OVP) announced that Cathy van Zyl MW has been appointed to their Board of Directors. Cathy joins alongside Arnold Scholtz and are amongst the latest to be appointed to the Board made up of Rosa Kruger and Eben van Wyk as existing...

Latest News

Casella Family Brands joins IMW international supporter community

Casella Family Brands joins IMW international supporter community

It is with pleasure that the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) announces that Casella Family Brands has become an international supporter. Founded in 1969, Casella Family Brands has become Australia’s largest family-owned wine company, today led by Managing Director...

The Institute of Masters of Wine launches new programme at ProWein

The Institute of Masters of Wine launches new programme at ProWein

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is pleased to announce a new programme titled ‘Meet the Masters of Wine at ProWein’ which will take place at ProWein, Dusseldorf 10-12 March. The programme allows increased opportunities for visitors to speak to Masters of Wine...

Features

New Zealand’s Steve Smith MW awarded honorary doctorate

New Zealand’s Steve Smith MW awarded honorary doctorate

New Zealand wine industry stalwart and Master of Wine Steve Smith was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University at its 2024 Graduation on Friday, in recognition of his outstanding contribution as an alumni and Chancellor, and his successes in the New...

Master of Wine Alsace and Jura trip (14-20 April)

Master of Wine Alsace and Jura trip (14-20 April)

Like all the best ideas in life, this trip was dreamed up over a glass of wine (well, sherry actually) during the MW Jerez trip – when I asked Olivier Humbrecht MW if he would help me organise a trip to Alsace. Olivier also suggested the idea that the tiny Jura region...

Cathy van Zyl MW joins Old Vine Project Board of Directors

Cathy van Zyl MW joins Old Vine Project Board of Directors

This month, the Old Vine Project (OVP) announced that Cathy van Zyl MW has been appointed to their Board of Directors. Cathy joins alongside Arnold Scholtz and are amongst the latest to be appointed to the Board made up of Rosa Kruger and Eben van Wyk as existing...

In memoriam: Patrick Grubb MW

In memoriam: Patrick Grubb MW

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Patrick Grubb MW has passed away. Patrick Grubb passed the MW exam in 1958 aged 26, the youngest to have attained the title by that time. Respected and recognised by his colleagues, Patrick was chair of the...

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